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Three Modern Uses for Storage Sheds

If you have limited storage or living space you might consider an addition utilizing a storage shed. Today’s modern storage shed options offer you the ultimate solution in outdoor flexibility – not only will it offer more room, it will create a private space that is just a few steps away from your main house. Maybe you have wished for an exercise room, art studio, music studio, guest house, craft space, home office, or a place just to get away and relax. Instead of giving up space in your garage, attic, or basement, consider simply adding a shed. Imagine a nice quiet place to have all to yourself or to send the kids to play.

Using storage buildings as get away spaces is a trend that is spreading all over the world. More and more people are turning to these buildings to save money on remodeling and as green alternatives. There are countless possibilities when it comes to design and décor. The popularity has grown so much, in fact, that people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life are also checking out rural areas to set up these sheds to create a new way of life for themselves during their free time.

Small Luxuries

A 10 x 12 is a very popular size. It can be used as a home office or a guest bedroom. Making an addition to your home’s structure can be quite costly; you have to consider costs for permits, engineers, and architects, as well as the materials needed for the job and the construction workers who will do the work. Today’s sheds are built to code and can be quickly set up. They are also budget friendly and some dealers will let you make monthly payments on them.

Mid-sized Hideaways

The 10 x 14 shed size  is most typically used for a home gym, art nook, or music studio. It is also popularly used as a “Diva Den” or a “Man Cave” – terms that are rising in popularity all over the world. If you a creative soul, whether it be singing, painting, dancing, photography, or even sewing, you probably have a desire for a space all your own. You don’t always want to put everything away to stop and entertain people at the kitchen table or for dinner. A separate space will minimize interruptions and time spent focused on cleaning up. Take a step back and see yourself in the shed. What are you doing? Painting? Singing? Yoga? Weights? Watching Television? With a dedicated outside space you will have the freedom to create a spot that is all your own.

A Home Away From Home

A larger shed – say in a 10 x 16 size – can be used to create a guest cottage or even a small rental house. For such a structure, you will most likely need a building permit, but in many cases it is still a better option than adding on to the existing structure of your home. Some of the larger sheds can hold a bathroom and small kitchenette, making for the perfect getaway in your own yard. Your local jurisdiction will have a say in what you do with the space once you have created it depending on zoning regulations, but once you have gone through any red tape necessary, you will be off and running to create the perfect home away from home. You’ll find many people like the idea of having a room all to themselves that is separate from the main house. Your guests will be happy with the convenience, privacy, and warmth that come with a beautifully converted outdoor shed. And as a homeowner, you will love the additional value it adds to your home.

Budget-Friendly Options

If you want a nice shed but are worried it won’t fit your budget, don’t be. There are countless ranges in prices and sizes so that you can find one that works with your unique budget and space requirements.. You may also be able to take advantage of an option to rent-to-own. With this, you can begin using your shed as soon as you make a down payment and sign your agreement. These options are very affordable and easy to pursue, with many companies requiring down payments as low as $50-$100.

Be sure to check with your local Home Owners Association, if you have one, and your City Code Enforcement office to see if any permits or requirements need to be met before you embark on this adventure. That way you can cover all of your bases before you begin to make the financial investment. You will also want to contact your local electrician or plumber to weigh in the costs of any electrical work or plumbing that may be needed as well. This will be really helpful as you begin to design your space.

If you are interested in the idea of having more than one shed you can try a side by side method. Create your own places that are functional where you can escape; you can use them for gardening, home offices, workout rooms, the choices are literally endless. The colors can be bright and fun or you can try to match the décor and style of your home. There is no limit to what you can create. Gone are the days when the storage shed was used just for storing garden tools and lawn mowers – now all it takes is a desire sprinkled with a bit of imagination and you can have a gorgeous little retreat right in your own back yard.